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    August 6, 2009
    6:30 - 7:00pm EDT  

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>> "bbc world news" is presented by kcet-tv, los angeles. funding is made possible by the vreeman foundation of new york, now, vt. and honolulu. the newman's own foundation and the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation.
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>> union bank has put its strengths to small businesses and major corporations. what can it do for you? >> the u.s. and its its toe again into somalia. it is not sending soldiers this time. it is sending military support and aid. three indians convicted of the 2003 mumbai attacks get the death penalty. keeping watch on uncle sam. why are russian submarines patrolling off of the west coast? coming up later, and jumping off
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rocks into the sea be saved? it can, say the organizers of a new pursuit. she became a symbol of hope, but now australia mourns her passing. hello. the american secretary of state has warned eritrea that the u.s. will take action against the african nation if it does not stop supporting militants in somalia. somalia is battling islamic extremists thinks -- thought to be linked to al qaeda. she met somalia's president
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today in kenya. from there, our east africa correspondent. >> and mark of respect for those killed during a terrorism attack 12 years ago in central nairobi. the american embassy was bombed. the victims were mostly canyons. -- kenyans. the u.s. secretary of state believes that the threat remains. >> it is an opportunity to renew our resolve to do all we can to ensure that these attacks do not take more innocent lives in the future. >> america says that the insurgents trying to topple somalia's government is linked to al qaeda. the group wants to impose strict islamic law across the country. it portrays this as a holy war.
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it appears to be attracting support from islamic extremists. several young men were arrested in australia accused of plotting terrorist attacks. in the early 1990's under bill clinton's presidency, american troops tried to intervene in somalia. when helicopters were shot down and american soldiers killed, the americans pulled out. reluctant to send troops again, the united states is attracting forces loyal to the somali government. in nairobi, hillary clinton met with the somali president with a clear message. we're with you and we will help you to stay in power. we will support you with training and weapons. >> if they want to obtain a haven in somalia which would
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then attract al qaeda and other terrorist actors, it would be a threat to the united states. >> this was a very public show of american support for the president. some analysts would argue that it could possibly play into the hands of the insurgents, who long portrayed his government as a puppet administration. >> 13 years after the democrats -- the democratic republic of congo in rwanda broke off relations, the president told the congolese leader, rwanda would never again be a base for militias that could destabilize its neighbor. the u.s. senate has voted to confirm judge sonia sotomayor as the first hispanic supreme court justice. the senate approved her appointment 68-31.
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she is the third female justice to sit on the court. human rights watch has condemned of loss for its rocket attack -- has condemned hamas for its rocket attacks against israel. in indian court has sentenced two men and woman to death for the mumbai bombings in 2003 that injured hundreds. investigators said all three had links to a militant group based in pakistan. more details in new delhi. >> the attack in august, 2003 was devastating. the bombs were planted inside two taxis. one detonated at the height of the business hour, leaving behind a trail of destruction. the second, at the city's main
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landmark, the gateway of india. more than 50 people were killed and nearly 180 were wounded. last week, a special court convicted two men and a woman of planting the bombs. outside, the main prosecution lawyer had this to say. >> this decision is very important and it will send a strong signal to anyone who wants to engage in this kind of illegal activity costing the lives of the innocent population. >> a judge handed them the death penalty. all three have pleaded not guilty and are expected to appeal against the sentence. their trial took place in high security and under a powerful anti-terrorism law that no longer exists.
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prosecutors argued that the bombings were carefully planned arab -- and or an act of extreme brutality. all three deserve the harsh sentence, they said. the bombings were said to be in retaliation of anti-muslim riots in 2002. all three are said to be members of a pakistani militants group accused of carrying out last year's mumbai attacks, which has increased friction between india and pakistan. >> just a footnote there, pakistan issued a global alert for 13 suspects in connection with last year's mumbai attacks. authorities in the u.s. and pakistan are investigating reports of a local pakistan leader -- a local taliban leader of being killed.
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pakistan's interior minister says that there was a strong likelihood that he was killed alongside his wife. they are waiting dna tests. several thousand people have attended the funeral of britain's last survivor of but world war i trenches. he died last month, age 111. a hacker attack shut down twitter on wednesday. hackers directed a multitude of computers to a single site. twitter is not the only indicator of change in the media industry. rupert murdoch, chairman of news corp. says that the economic picture is so bleak that he's going to start charging for all online content derived from his newspapers and
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television channels. matthew price reports from new york. >> this is the capital city of america's newspaper industry. for new york's newspaper vendors, the golden age is over. do you sell the same volume of newspapers that you did? >> people are not buying papers like in the old times. >> why would hyde park with my hard-earned money to buy a paper like "the wall street journal," when i get the same content online for absolutely nothing? that is precisely the question that "the wall street journal," have been grappling with for quite a while. while it is true that i can click on some of the news content and read through that without paying a penny, when it comes to some of the more premium contact -- premium content, they say that i cannot read it without subscribing and
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paying a fee. >> we over -- we have over 1 million people who put down money to get access to "the wall street journal" online. >> now, rupert murdoch wants to extend that model to his other titles. some will scoff at the idea of paying for online tabloid material, but imagine the only place you could have seen the recent pictures of michael jackson's ambulance was a scottish merchant website. millions would gladly have paid. >> we have a gentleman here who needs help. he has stopped breathing. >> they are also competing against free sites like the bbc. just like the music companies once tried, rupert murdoch is now taking on the internet. if he succeeds, he will reshape the way that we consume news. if he fails, the newspaper industry could wear -- could well fail with it. >> nuclear power russian attack
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submarines are patrolling off of the easter -- the western coast of the united states. the pentagon says that the pentagon is monitoring the up maneuvers, but it is not alarmed by them. what is moscow up to? >> russian submarines are a rare enough site. -- sight. two nuclear power submarines have been patrolling international waters. russia is flexing its military muscle. uncomfortable memories are being raised of the cold war. then, the u.s. and the soviet union stole military secrets of the coast. the pentagon is monitoring movements of the russian submarines. what is the motivation behind
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this unusual mission? the russian military says that russia spots american and nato vessels off of its own coast. they say that patrols are a normal thing. >> the fleet should not sit at home, you know. it should not only fulfilled the task to combat piracy, but also international tasks. >> two years ago, russia restarted its patrols of a strategic bombers in international airspace, causing consternation in the west. russian generals say that they're doing it because they were tired of internal routes. there are usually more things than that. >> i do not think it was an
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anti-american gesture. i think it was a show to the world and the russian public there -- the new renaissance of russian military might. i am also sure that the russian population, they are quite proud of it. >> russian military might was on display with its roar -- with its war with georgia. it is angry about u.s. military aid to the georgians. it is extremely sensitive about what it sees as meddling in its backyard. >> stay with us on "bbc world news." and electric guitar love affair. three generations of the tar legends jam together.
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the recession seems to be deeper than previously thought. the bank of england has decided it needs to pump an additional $84 billion into the economy. that surprised many experts. >> for five months, the britain -- britain's central bank has been pumping money into the economy. $210 billion is a lot of cash, but today, it decided it was not enough. the total is going up to $300 billion. >> today's decision was a significant surprise. the expectations had been that we were getting toward the end of quantitative easing. today, additional expenditures put us somewhere above the totals that we previously expected. >> one reason for the surprise was that right now, the bank does not even know where all of that earlier money has gone.
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the bank of england has pumped all of this money into the economy and now, it is working its way through the system. it knows how much money it has put in, but unlike the water company, it does not know when or where that money is going to come out. there are signs that the economy is picking up. new-car registrations rose 2.4% in july, the first rise in 15 months. house prices rose by 1.1%. unemployment is still rising. the economy is probably still shrinking. this quantitative easing is a tricky business and there could be too much money in the economy in a year or so or there might be too little. by the time the bank of england knows for sure, it will probably be too late. it is not turning off the tap yet.
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>> one main headline for you, the united states seeking to hold somalia together has publicly warned eritrea to stop armed islamic militants. an unexpected consequence of h1n1 swine flu is affecting egypt. organic waste has been piling up. the rat population is now booming. christian frasier reports. >> since the age of eight, he has recycled waste. 14 hours a day for 30 years and life just got even tougher. 85% of the rubbish that they
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retrieve is sorted, recycled, and resold. it is a fraud trial existence in which the pig plays a crucial role. each month, the day the move their way through 6,000 tons of the rotting food collected. the extra money was vital for his family's welfare. >> i sold pigs twice a year to pay for amending the car and the school fees for our three young children. i cannot replace what i have lost. as the age 1 pandemic -- the h1n1 pandemic spread, the parliament voted to kill the pigs even though they were not infected. there were riots as the government agents began their work. this backyard sky was full of pigs. now they are all gone.
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most farmers say that they only receive a fraction of what their animals were worth. hardly compensation for the meeting were able to sell twice a year. the government's critics said that there was no thought given to the effect that the measure would have. >> without any research, what are we doing? if we kill all the pigs, who is going to be affected? how is this going to affect the economy and the people who are growing the pigs? >> for this family, pig meat was the only affordable source of animal protein. the government makes no apology. it was a necessary decision, say ministers to modernize the pig industry. >> in the very short-term, you have to do something.
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the issue is how to minimize the suffering. >> with no pigs, they are paying the extra cost of moving waste to the outskirts of the city. that means more food for hungry for men -- hungry vermin. >> john hughes has died. he died of a heart attack during a morning walk in manhattan. he has directed and produced some of the most popular films in the 1980's. the oscar-winning director who made a climate change documentary, inconvenient truth, has a new film out. its subject matter is very different. it is called "it might get loud ."
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>> all players of the electric guitar. jimmy page, the edge, and jack white. all rock legends, all agree to get together for a summit meeting at the heart of this film. >> we thought, wouldn't it be great to bring three different guitarists from three different eras and from musical styles that are so different -- what questions with a ask each other? what songs with a play? >> why did you focus on these three particular electric guitar players? >> we wanted to pick three different guys from three different generations. u2 came up in opposition to led zeppelin. jack white came out in
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opposition to bands that were very layard and produced. >> it might get loud includes footage of how they musicians got interest in the electric guitar. >> jammie page has never done anything like this. he has done very few interviews. he has never done any documentary's. we thought that we would never get him. he said he would do it. >> this film clearly reveres these rock legends. >> this is what i'm actually playing. that is it. the rest is the foot pedal, the effect, the whole thing. >> for all three musicians, it is a love affair with the guitar. they have worked alone and with others to create their unique sound. >> can you put a green bullet
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harmonica microphone on the guitar? >> the centerpiece of the film is the summit when all three come together to play for one another. it contains some details that will probably only appeal to our core electric guitar fans. it will be very hard for the film to match the impact of "and inconvenient truth." the power of rock-and-roll to bring in an audience could mean that you will be presently surprised -- pleasantly surprised by the turnout at the box office. >> if you are heading to your nearest coastline this weekend, keep an eye out for people park ave craze. others say that leaping off a cliff into shallow water can be safe and a lot of fun.
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>> one of britain's fastest- growing outdoor activities and an increasingly popular way to enjoy our wonderful coastlines. is it getting too popular and growing too fast for its own good? to find out, i took to the water. diving into ocean swells and rocks as part of an organized group is not without some danger safety is always paramount. >> this is a natural playground. there are rocks and waves and everything else. you could try to minimize the risks by putting on safety equipment, but there is a chance of falling. it is not completely safe, but that is what makes it such good fun, i think.
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>> there is a much more dangerous unregulated flip site. it is called tombstoning. >> it is a group of individuals who arrived at the coast and are jumping off of the rock without any thought to the consequences. quite often, they have been to the public for and for a quick drink before they do it. >> he was just 17 years old when he jumped off of a cliff. he smashed his head on rocks and he is now paralyzed. >> i could not move. i blacked out. >> around the country, dozens of people have been injured or killed. an official guided tour is by
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far the safest option. a bit of jumping in a bit of swimming. we're making the most of our wonderful coastline. >> talk about the perils of the natural world. this footage was originally sent to be filled during the country's devastating wildfires, but it was actually taken a week before. it died during an operation to save her from a life-threatening disease. >> the symbol of hope for so many people around the world was the great picture of that wonderful koala being fed water by one of our fire fighters. that gave people of the world a great sense that this country could come through those fires as we have. the koala was part of the symbol
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of that. it is tragic that it is no longer with us. >> as most of britain's politicians disappear, it seems that one of the landmarks is disappearing. this is part of a recreation of big ben build from 500 bales of hay. >> fundin>> funding is made pose by the vreeman foundation of new york, now, vt. and honolulu. the newman's own foundation and the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank.
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